Best of the Web for Windows users - 24 - 30 April 2016
This week, Microsoft and Google have decided to drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across the globe. This deal is very important and it should improve the relationship between the two companies. Another bit of good news is that updated versions of Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are rolling out for various Windows 10 devices and all of them are improved versions over their predecessors. To learn more details as well as other interesting news about Microsoft’s consumer ecosystem, read this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Microsoft, Google agree to stop complaining to regulators about each other - Microsoft and Google say they have recently reached an agreement under which they will drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across the globe. The pair have also agreed that they will try to work among themselves to settle any future issues before running to regulators.
New Windows 10 Facebook, Instagram apps start rolling out - Updated versions of Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are rolling out for various Windows 10 devices. Instagram users will love their new app as it is a lot better than what we had for Windows Phone in the past.
OSX’s hand-off feature coming to Windows 10 Redstone (screen shots) - Windows 10 Redstone was rumoured to bring a “hand-off” feature similar to OSX to Windows users. The feature would allow users to start work on their phone and continue it seamlessly on their PC or vice versa. Now evidence for the feature has shown up in the settings of the latest builds of Windows 10 Redstone.
Microsoft limits the Cortana search box in Windows 10 to Bing and Edge only - Microsoft has announced a big change in how the Cortana search box in Windows 10 will work going forward: All searches will be powered by Bing, and all links will open with the Edge browser.
Microsoft Will Announce New Hardware at E3 - We are still several weeks away from Microsoft’s E3 press event but what the company will talk about is starting to come into focus. Based on sources inside the company, expect to see new hardware at the event and there will also be a new standard controller that ships with the Xbox One.
Microsoft has quietly launched an IFTTT competitor called Flow - Microsoft has quietly rolled out a new service called Microsoft Flow that people can use to create workflows that automatically take action in response to certain events.
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Open Beta For Windows 10 Arriving Soon - Microsoft confirmed that the open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex for Windows 10 is going to be released very soon, in the first week of May actually. This spin-off title has been developed specifically for Windows 10 and it represents the first step in the future of the Forza franchise on Windows 10 PCs.
Even weather forecasts aren’t safe from Windows 10 upgrade prompts - KCCI 8 News Meteorologist Metinka Slater was just trying to tell us the weather in southwest Iowa, but Windows 10 had other ideas. A giant Windows 10 upgrade prompt appeared, heading east towards Omaha and Red Oak and looking like the worst snowstorm on record. You can have a laugh watching the video below.
AdDuplex: Windows 10 Mobile continues to rise, Lumia 535 now the most popular Windows phone - The latest tracking statistics regarding Windows phones have recently been published by AdDuplex, a company constantly monitoring usage across its network to build a monthly report on how the Windows Mobile ecosystem is doing. Each month, these reports capture a snapshot of the worldwide usage across one 24-hour period, which in this case, April 25th, 2016.
Microsoft's Terry Myerson 'committed' to Windows 10 Mobile for 'many years' - A new email from Microsoft's Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, firmly states that the company is devoted to Windows 10 on mobile for 'many years' and that they are currently working on next generation products. Do you believe him?
Why don't I have the new Outlook.com yet? - Microsoft announced plans to bring its existing Outlook mail and Outlook.com mail clients closer together a year ago. Fewer than half of Outlook.com users have the new experience. Why?
It looks like Microsoft Health is coming to Windows 10 PCs - It looks like the Microsoft Health app will be coming to Windows 10 PCs and the Italian Microsoft news site WindowsBlogItalia was able to get a fairly extensive look at the it.
Microsoft offering a free Lumia 950 when you purchase the Lumia 950XL [Update] - If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, and you happen to live in Canada, or the US, Microsoft has an offer on hand that might be too good to ignore. The company is offering a free, black Lumia 950 to its customers.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Enable Pasting Text on Sites That Block It - Some companies think they’re increasing security by disabling your ability to paste into form fields, such as the password field. But in reality, all they’re doing is frustrating users–and probably decreasing security by blocking password managers. Here’s how to solve this annoyance in Chrome and Firefox.
Hands-on with the first feature-packed preview of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - The latest test build of Windows 10 includes the first glimpse of new features slated for this summer's major Anniversary Update. Here's a closer look at what you can expect.
10 Rules of Professional Etiquette for the Digital Workplace - It’s easy to forget manners when you’re all alone. From showing up late to meetings and forgetting simple things like “please” and “thank you,” otherwise polite and well-behaved humans can come off as complete jerks in the absence of face-to-face contact. Isolation is the culprit, but you don’t have to fall prey.